Arsenal Captain insists the next step is to drastically improve the standards of English coaching if the quality of football is to meet continental standards.

St. George’s Park, costing £105million, will be home to 24 representative England teams and provide them with 12 outdoor pitches, a multi-sport indoor facility, and a state-of-the-art sports medicine rehabilitation and performance training centre.

Discussions for a ‘home’ of English football have been ongoing since 1975, and in planning since 2001.

“Finally they did something, because if you look at all the big nations, they all have their own house,” said Vieira, who is currently a Development Executive at Manchester City.

The centre will also focus on developing English coaches; something which Vieira believes is integral to improving the quality of English youth prospects.

“For a big country like England, with the number of kids who love the game, you don’t produce enough talent.

“I strongly believe one of the reasons is the coaches. They need to review how to coach the kids from eight-years-old to 21.”

The F.A. hopes that the combination of the Elite player performance plan, Future Game strategy, and the opening of St. George’s Park will set a change in footballing culture in England.

“The people running the English game realised they are far behind other countries, that something is wrong in the system, and they are trying to make it work,” added Vieira.

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  • scouser
    2 years ago

    he’s right about not producing enough talent but he failed to say why, so i will there are far to many foriegners playing in the premiership, we need a qouta of just 4 foreign players in a team and on the pitch at anytime, not many english premiership clubs have english midfield players in their team, on numerous occasions clubs have 11 foreigners in their line up and maybe one or two english players on the bench, if nothing is done the england team will suffer and we will end up like scotland, maybe the f.a. should insist that any foreign players who plays and lives in this country for 3 years will be automatically eligable to play for england

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    • Really Though..?
      2 years ago

      BS that is not the reason at all that is pure arrogance.. Coaching is a huge reason especially at the technical level but the English talent is too diluted and spread throughout the 4 professional leagues.

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  • Joe
    2 years ago

    Football Tactics for 11-Year-Olds

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  • Hey
    2 years ago

    He is totally right that coaching from a young age is the key for future success. yes there are a lot of foriegn players in England simple reason is the English players are not good enough and prove this ever major tournament. Kids need to be getting more hours contact with the ball in a structured program. Not ruuning laps of pitch night after night. Facts are that other European countries kids get more hours contact with the ball each week and over months and years, the results show.

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